The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.
The program’s distinguished alumni include such individuals as Margaret Thatcher, Anwar Sadat, Giscard D’Estaing, Indira Gandhi, Julius Nyerere, F.W. deKlerk, Tony Blair, and Nicolas Sarkozy.
Visitors are emerging leaders in their home countries in fields such as government, business, human rights, health, journalism, and education.
Watch the video for more information on what it means to be an IVLP visitor and host
Learn more about our recent itineraries below:
For more information on the International Visitor Leadership Program in Colorado, please e-mail Dan Wienecke at Dan@WorldDenver.org.
"The entire trip was truly inspiring." -Participant from Nepal
"I am so honored to have had a wonderful trip. Each experience was thrilling and exciting for me. I met very courteous people and had many opportunities to make new friends. I will always remember this visit." -Participant from Pakistan
"It was inspiring to see how committed people are towards women's issues. I was able to broaden my understanding of the US and its systems. I was inspired to think that we are not alone; even developed countries still face challenges, so I can keep my hope alive to build my country." -Participant from Sri Lanka
"I gained so much knowledge that I will certainly use on return to my country." -Participant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
"The kind spirit and the smiles of the people here made me want to stay and get to know them better. The city itself inspired me to work harder." -Participant from Iraq
"I enjoyed every moment in Denver: the nature, the people, the mountains, the politics, the jazz bar. I'd be happy to be a citizen of this state!" -Participant from Moldova
"The openness of the people and the public servants was refreshing. I appreciated them making time to prepare and meet with us and being frank about topics that are usually off-limits to other countries' sensitivities." -Participant from the Philippines
"I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit the USA and specifically, Denver. Your program is amazing and useful. I gained a lot of new information and skills and met a lot of great people. I hope that I have another chance to visit and share my culture." -Participant from Palestine
Global Ties U.S. has created an impact report for our IVLP work in 2012. Click here to see how WorldDenver has come a long way!